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Auto Industry Still Dealing with Takata Airbag Recall

Jason Reese

Synopsis

  • Wagner Reese product liability attorneys have been following the Takata air bag disaster since it hit in 2013.
  • The recall is the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history making Takata the recipient of the largest-ever civil penalty in violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
  • In May 2016 the Takata air bag recalls were expanded into phases according to priority and regional risk.
  • Several additional recall updates were released in Summer 2018 including information on Ford’s class-action settlement agreement and concerns for Florida car owners and others who reside in warm weather states to take special caution in checking their VIN and repair any air bag issues immediately.
  • Additional Takata air bags have been scheduled to be recalled thru December 2019 with a recall completion date of December 31, 2020. Stay connected with Wagner Reese for all future Takata air bag recall updates.

Takata Air Bag Disaster Updates, Summer 2018

So far, 37 million vehicles have been identified to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators that could put drivers at risk of death or major injury. According to Consumer Affairs, “At the heart of the problem is the airbag’s inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin—a potentially disastrous outcome from a supposedly life-saving device.”

Summer 2018 updates on the massive air bag recall by Consumer Reports includes:

  • July 17: Ford’s class-action settlement agreement over Takata airbags promises to give consumers some relief. It’s the seventh such deal cut by the class-action attorneys handling claims against the 19 car companies. The owners of Ford vehicles who agree to the deal will receive free loaner cars while waiting for their Takata repairs, as well as small cash payments for their out-of-pocket expenses.
  • June 7: NHTSA has urged Florida car owners to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if their car is involved and if so, to take urgent action. There is concern that South Florida, in particular, is a high-risk area due to the weather and the number of extremely low, unrepaired completion rate of identified faulty vehicles in South Florida.

The Takata Air Bag recall is the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history making Takata the recipient of the largest-ever civil penalty imposed by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. At this date, 23 car brands by 19 automakers have recalled 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles. At least 24 people have died worldwide and more than 260 have been hurt.

Owners Can Use Their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to Identify Any Known Vehicle Recall

Car owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls to find out if their car or truck is under recall by searching with their vehicle’s unique 17-character VIN, found on the lower left of a car or truck windshield. Vehicles scheduled for future recalls will not show up in this initial search, so it is important to check regularly, at least twice per year. If the vehicle does have a recall, local dealers are responsible for the free repair. There are priority groups and U.S. regions in urgent need for the Takata air bag recalls and parts are only available for certain vehicles starting on certain dates.

Car Accident Injury Due to Faulty Airbag or Auto Part?

Wagner Reese attorneys are experienced with car accidents and product liability. If you believe a faulty Takata airbag or other defective auto part caused your injury, contact us at (888) 204-8440 to schedule an appointment or use our confidential contact form. Vehicle defects and vehicle-related recalls are not only an inconvenience and huge economic loss, they can also lead to serious accidents and injuries and tragic deaths.

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